Q:

I have to write a paper about problems with data warehouse implementation especially the initiation phase. Please give me some advice on where to get literature on data warehouse implementation, preferably on the Web.

A:

Sid Adelman's Answer: These are a few books that have information on implementation:

  • Larissa T. Moss and Shaku Atre, Business Intelligence Roadmap
  • W.H. Inmon, Building the Data Warehouse
  • Claudia Imhoff, Nicholas Galemmo, and Jonathan Geiger, Mastering Data Warehouse Design
  • Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, and Warren Thornthwaite, The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit

In addition, the Question Archive section of DMReview.com's Ask the Experts has quite a bit of information on DW implementation.

TDWI's World Conference has a good Fundamentals class. www.dw- institute.com.

Clay Rehm's Answer: A good book that covers the data warehouse initiation phase is Data Warehouse Project Management by Sid Adelman and Larissa Moss.

A great source on the Web is the Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org). PMI provides education and certifications to project managers. Since the creation of a data warehouse meets the criteria of a "project," there are common tasks and processes that need to be followed in order to be successful.

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